London, Apr 21 (ANI): Sir Paul McCartney has said that last week’s verdict on those accused in the Pirate Bay copyright case was “fair”.
A Swedish court found four men guilty of breaking copyright rules and ordered to repay damages to entertainment companies on April 17.
Pirate Bay, the file-sharing website, made millions of music and film files available to users for free.
And the ex-Beatle, who is headlining US festival Coachella, is in complete favour of the verdict and has urged listeners to pay for the music they buy.
“If you get on a bus you’ve got to pay. And I think it’s fair, you should pay your ticket,” The BBC quoted McCartney as telling Newsbeat before the event.
He added: “Anyone who does something good, particularly if you get really lucky and do a great artistic thing and have a mega hit, I think you should get rewarded for that. I’m in favour of that sort of thing.
“The problem is you get a lot of young bands coming up and some of them aren’t going to last forever so if they have a massive hit that’s going to pay their mortgage forever.
“They’re going to feed the children on that and if they don’t get that money, if they don’t see that money, I think it’s a bit of a pity.
“I’ve been very lucky because my main era with the Beatles was at a time when everyone did get paid.
“Particularly for young bands and they’ve got a young family, I don’t want to see them destitute after a couple of years when they were mega. So I think it’s fair.”
After last week’s trial, Pirate Bay founders Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were all sentenced to 12 months in jail for breaching copyright and order to pay 3 million pounds in damages. (ANI)